Wednesday, 21 January 2015

‘Microsoft Educator Network - the Ultimate PLN and PD for Teachers’ by #MIEExpert15 Linda Foulkes

imageThis is another guest post from Linda Foulkes one of South Africa’s Microsoft MiE Experts for 2015. Linda presented this Offix Mix recvently on a Skype call with Nigeria.  Linda has placed this post and this mix on her own blog and and has kindly shared it with us as a guest post on the SchoolNet blog. Linda’s blog can be found at: https://folklind.wordpress.com. Last week we shared Linda’’s post about her Skype call with Nigeria. You can access that post here.



The above Mix is a walk-thorough of the features of the Microsoft Educator Network (MSN) using OfficeMix as the delivery tool. Click to view the mix. This presentation was created as a resource [using OfficeMix] for a Skype call with teachers from Nigeria to share with them the benefits of the MSEN.

Teachers are often apprehensive about changing the way they deliver their lessons. This is not always because they do not want to move forward. Often the mindset is due to the enormous about of time that the change will absorb from their already burdened workload [which is absolutely appreciated, ask me…I know, and I’m sure you do too!]

One can spend a lot of time browsing the net and not really “finding anything of value” if you do not know where to look or do not have a PLN or support. This is when most give up…unless they have knowledge about the MSEN.

The Microsoft Educator Network is referred to as the MSEN. It contains a Resources Area [Free Tools, Learning Activities, Tutorials, Quick Tip Videos and Bing in the Classroom]; Professional Development section [Earn Badges, Courses, EduCast Webinars and Global Educator Exchange]; Community [Discussions, Hot Topic Blogs] and Special Opportunities [Educator Programme and more]
The MSEN is located at http://www.educatornetwork.com
The benefits of the MSEN website are explained in the mix above. Besides all the benefits listed, my most favourite things about the Educator Network are that everything is under one roof, is 100% free, and the opportunity for collaboration with others is immense. Not to mention that one can do PD in the comfort of one’s own home, with a group of teachers or in a training session at school AND IN YOUR OWN TIME!

To all the teachers out there who have the Educator Network as their personal learning network for professional development, support or the ability to locate applicable educational resources, I challenge you to inspireTWO teachers by helping them access such a beneficial resource as the Microsoft Educator Network.

And guess what! If you have a device, you are able to complete a course and earn a badge, anywhere…anytime. The website displays perfectly on my device:

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So spread the news…look no further than the MSEN for the latest technological trends in education.
SchoolNet says: Thank you Linda for this awesome Office Mix! We can’’t wait to try out this application.

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